The Project Cité Tôle
The Cité Tôle area developped in the 2002 – 2003 period as an unplanned and unapproved extension of Cité La Chaux, with a lack of proper infrastructure and with squatters building houses in shingles, with barely any basic amenity.
In 2012 the MCBFF was contacted by a non-profit organisation working with families in the region, to initiate a social housing project at Cité Tôle. The implementation of the project started with a qualitative and quantitative study which revealed that the region had no basic infrastructure and amenities, and that there were many psycho-social issues rampant in the community, amongst which unemployment or unstable employment (mainly in the construction industry), sexual abuse, family conflicts, substance abuse, and alcohol.
This was followed by a case profiling for 25 families which were initially earmarked for the social integration project and the recruitment of 2 social workers on full time basis from 2013 to 2017 to accompany the families. Life skills programs were also implemented to assist them in addressing and dealing with their psycho-social issues.
"Sans Fondation, ti pou prend moi plis longtemps pou vine proprietaire mo lacase"
Cleaning of Barachois Rochecouste
Adjacent to the Cité Tôle is the Barachois Rochecouste, which has been vested to the MCBFF by the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping so as to develop the barachois with as objective, the creation of alternative livelihoods to the coastal communities of Cité Tôle and Cité la chaux.
In June 2014 an oceanographic survey was conducted in the barachois to evaluate themarine biodiversity and identify sustainable livelihood opportunities. This was followed by a visit in June 2015 at the Albion Fisheries Centre in order to understand the basics of aquaculture.
In May 2016 a cleaning exercise was initiated near the Barachois Rochecouste and in the vicinity of Cité Tole with the help of staff from MCB and with members of the neighbouring community. A much more extensive cleaning exercise was also done in the barachois itself in March 2017 with the help of 30 inhabitants who worked with a professionalservice provider during 3 weeks to perform this important clean-up initiative. More than 134 tons of waste materials were extracted from the Barachois during this period.
Following this activity, 1000 sea bream juveniles were introduced in the barachois under the aegis of the Albion Fisheries Centre.
Laying the Ground Work
After having accompanied families earmarked for social housing project since 2013, the MCB Forward Foundation was ready for the construction phase.
Preliminary works started in October 2017 and the construction phase then started in February 2018, once all authorisations had been duly obtained from the authorities. The MCBFF hired a building contractor and a consultant for the construction of housing units for 6 families. The houses were then handed over to the families in November 2018.